|Traditional Chinese 李名覺|
Name Ming Lee
Simplified Chinese 李名觉
Role Theatrical set designer
|Hanyu Pinyin |
Parents Tsu Fa Lee
Romanization [li miŋkoʔ]
|Education Occidental College (1949–1953)|
Awards Tony Award for Best Scenic Design
Nominations Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
Similar People Jane Greenwood, Grover Dale, Howell Binkley, Pat Collins, Jeffrey DeMunn
The Legacy of Ming Cho Lee: "The Dean of American Set Design"
Ming Cho Lee (Chinese: 李名覺; pinyin: Lĭ Míngjué; born October 3, 1930 in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese American theatrical set designer and professor at the Yale School of Drama.
Lee, whose father (Lee Tsu Fa) was a Yale University graduate (1918), moved to the United States in 1949 and attended Occidental College. He first worked on Broadway as a second assistant set designer to Jo Mielziner on The Most Happy Fella in 1956. Lee's first Broadway play as Scenic Designer was The Moon Besieged in 1962; he went on to design the sets for over 20 Broadway shows, including Mother Courage and Her Children, King Lear, The Glass Menagerie, The Shadow Box, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. He has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, a Helen Hayes Award, and in 1983 he received a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for K2. He has also designed sets for opera (including eight productions for the Metropolitan Opera and thirteen for the New York City Opera, ballet, and regional theatres such as Arena Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Guthrie Theater.
He designed over 30 productions for Joseph Papp at The Public Theater, including the original Off-Broadway production of Hair (musical).
Since 1969, Lee has taught at the Yale School of Drama, where he is currently co-chair of the Design Department.
He is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York, NY.
Lee was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2002.